“Twilight: New Moon” has surpassed “The Dark Knight” to have the most successful opening day at the box office ever, earning $72.7 million.
It hardly comes as a surprise, considering “New Moon” took in a record-setting $26 million at its midnight showings Thursday night. However, the $72 million on opening day absolutely smashed the previous record of $67 million, held by “The Dark Knight.”
It will be interesting to see what “New Moon” does to the three-day weekend numbers of “The Dark Knight,” which earned $158.4 million its first box office weekend. Critics have not been kind to “New Moon,” but we don’t think it will effect the numbers too much.
“New Moon” has doubled the $36 million opening day take for “Twilight” from a year ago. If this trend continues, “Breaking Dawn” will open to almost $290 million in one day.